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Driver Causes GeForce GTX 590 to Burn
Old 25 March 2011, 21:22   #1
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SweClockers claim the supplied driver (ForceWare 267.52) for GeForce GTX 590 will not stop the card from overheating when overclocking. In response, Nvidia has issued the following statement: "The few press reports on GTX 590 boards dying were caused by overvoltaging to unsafe levels (as high as 1.2V vs. default voltage of 0.91 to 0.96V), and using older drivers that have lower levels of overcurrent protection. Rest assured that GTX 590 operates reliably at default voltages, and our 267.84 launch drivers provide even more additional levels of protection for overclockers.

In the web release driver of GeForce GTX 590, we have added some important enhancements to our overcurrent protection for overclocking. We recommend anyone doing overclocking or running stress apps to always use the latest web driver to get the fullest protection for your hardware. Please note that overcurrent protection does not eliminate the risks of overclocking, and hardware damage is possible, particularly when overvoltaging.

We recommend anyone using the GTX 590 board with the reference aircooler stick with the default voltage while overclocking, and avoid working around overcurrent protection mechanisms for stress applications. This will help maintain GTX 590's great combination of acoustics, performance, and reliability. Nvidia has worked with several watercooling companies to develop waterblocks for GTX 590, and these solutions will help provide additional margin for overclocking, but even in this case we recommend enthusiasts stay within 12.5-25mV of the default voltage in order to minimize risk."

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Old 25 March 2011, 22:01   #2
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Old 26 March 2011, 03:01   #4
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Yeah this is really a HOT card. Seriously, I haven't seen a pop and fizzle like that since the 4th of July.

I have been reading alot of other reviews and everyone seems to get the same issue. Good thing Nvidia sent most of the reviewers two cards in order to do a Quad SLI review at a later date. Guess they have to RMA the bad ones. Would that even be covered under warranty???
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Old 26 March 2011, 04:45   #5
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Old 26 March 2011, 04:51   #6
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Sure blame it on the drivers. Nvidia was pushing the limits with this card. Everyone knew the 590 was going to be Hot, Power Hog, and Over Clock poorly as a result.

However I was expecting it to beat the 6990 which it could only do at lower resolutions most of us would not use.
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Old 26 March 2011, 08:49   #7
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it was the drivers, the reviewer pushed the voltage too high and OCP did not kick in.
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Old 26 March 2011, 17:01   #8
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Nvidia really underclocked the card to make it work, they knew it would burn at normal clocks.
It's the overclocker's fault since they didn't realize that little dirty fact.
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I was totally expecting GTX590 to beat the crap out of HD6990 by at least 10%, i does not at all... at the highest Resolutions the HD6990 beats GTX590 by 3%, to much for nVidia greatest GPU "ever".

I thought nVidia was the king of the drivers, everyone including me blamed AMD for having HORRIBLE drivers for their GPU“s, but i still have to see when an AMD drivers kill a GPU while on nVidia this would be the third time this happends as i recall.
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Old 26 March 2011, 17:37   #10
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Darklobo, it beats some games, loses in others.

the card is framebuffer limited at high resolutions 1.5GB is not enough on a modern gaming card.
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